You cycle south today and after about 20 km / 12,5 mi arrive at the ancient town of Argos Orestiko with its narrow streets, squares and neoclassical buildings. This clearly shows thatthis area has experienced great prosperity inthe past centuries by trade in furs and carpets.
The special composition of the soil in this area is ideal for the cultivation of vegatables, such as lentils and beans. 25 km / 15,5 mi further the landscape becomes hillier and the route continues through one of the most important natural habitats of Greece. In the higher mountains, wolves and brown bears have been observed.
The route continues through an undulating landscape along streams and villages and several short climbs emerging rapidly on the horizon, before reaching the provincial town of Grevena. Grevena is located on the banks of the river Doxaniti Greveniti. This lively city with numerous bistros and restaurants played an important strategic role during the ancient Byzantine period and was also known as the trade center in the region.
Challenge: 85 km / 53 mi, 750 m ascent, 850 m descent